Clayre Benzadón leads you on a journey through desire as inspiration for generating poems that sing.
About this event
Workshop Description: Desire is a core element of poetry (as well as that of queerness). Without it, most of the time, poems either fall flat or lose their element of urgency. In this workshop, we will work with many different mediums and perspectives in order to infuse the concept of desire, such as through a mini-ekphrastic exercise inspired by the surrealist and unconscious impulses of Salvador Dalí ’s work ( such as “The Accommodations of Desire” and “The Enigma of Desire”), and later on, by the inspirations of fandom (including singers such as Halsey and their song lyrics [ “I want everything I asked for”], and TV shows like “Casa de Papel [“Money Heist”, another example of a queer-energized series surging with all types of fast-paced cravings, inclinations, and hunger-based motives fueled by not only money but that of love and the more immediate sexual tensions]).
About Clayre Benzadón: Clayre Benzadón received her MFA at the University of Miami. She is a Split Lip Magazine poetry reader and Broadsided Press’s Instagram editor. Her chapbook, “Liminal Zenith” was published by SurVision Books. She was awarded the Alfred Boas Poetry Prize for “Linguistic Rewilding” and her full-length collection, “Moon as Salted Lemon” was a finalist for the 2021 Robert Dana-Anhinga Poetry Prize. She has been published in places including 14poems, SWWIM, Fairy Tale Review, ANMLY, and forthcoming in Grist Journal. You can find more about her at clayrebenzadon.com.